Rick Eckert is a tax practitioner and former CPA with more than 30 years of experience. His areas of concentration include Tax Credits, Business and Tax Planning, and Tax Controversy and Collection. He routinely advises closely held and publicly held businesses on tax planning, IRS matters, and tax opinions to support the financial reporting of income tax issues.
Prior to joining McGehee Law, Rick initially worked at Deloitte as a CPA in tax assisting their largest clients, Saudi Aramco and General Motors. He then joined General Motors as an executive on the Tax Staff and practiced a myriad of matters, including IRS tax controversy, audit and appeals, IRS letter ruling, tax legislation, tax accounting, international and domestic tax planning, transfer pricing, international restructurings, and corporate dispositions. After leaving General Motors, Rick went to The Shaw Group (“Shaw”) of Baton Rouge and then to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (“CBI”) of Houston, after it acquired Shaw. At Shaw and CBI, he was a central contributor to the tax function, leading the tax controversy and tax planning functions, working to reduce the effective tax rate, resolving complex tax controversies including the tax treatment of a hybrid debt instrument, transfer pricing cases with China and India, planning and executing the disposition of various business segments, and leading the project to reorganize CBI’s legal entity structure which significantly reduced state and local taxes.
While a CPA, Rick attended night school at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, was an editor of the Law Review, and graduated in the top 11% of his class, cum laude. The Tax Advisor, the tax magazine of the AICPA, appointed Rick to its Editorial Board for a five-year term in 1995.